Raymond Rivard

Raymond Rivard

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A journalist and photographer, I have edited two weekly newspapers in northern Wisconsin for the past 23 years.
Starting in the industry as a sportswriter for THE-BEE, a weekly newspaper in Phillips, Wisconsin, I was promoted to editor within six months. I spent 10 years at THE-BEE and learned the ins and outs of community journalism before moving on to The Lakeland Times, Wisconsin's largest semi-weekly newspaper. Starting as editor for this family-owned newspaper in May 2000, Rivard continues in that capacity. During the 13 years at this newspaper, I have been involved in all of the news department's successes, including moving the company from a "cut and paste" production methodology to complete electronic pagination; and overseeing the changeover from film production to all digital photography. Rivard has mentored and trained many reporters who have gone on to dailies as reporters, editors and even one reporter who went on to purchase and operate his own newspaper.
My love of the Green Bay Packers moved me to write columns for select websites in the mid- to late-1990s under the pen name of Apackphan. But after taking the job with The Lakeland Times in 2000, time constraints, especially in holding down a full-time job and helping to raise three children, forced me to give up the Internet-based writings.
The opportunity to continue with Bleacher Report will be a daily challenge to love - an opportunity to continue following the NFL and the Packers. There isn't a better time to be writing about the National Football League, especially the Packers - clearly one of the top five teams in the league.
I do so with arenewed respect and admiration of a team I have followed since I was a young boy in the 1960s.
Enjoy the daily blog and should you like to provide any feedback ... at any time ... send an email to rayr13000@gmail.com.

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  • Amal Abbass posted 1876 days ago

    Amal Abbass

    Thanks to you as well!